1. The MHC Food Pantry is here to help ensure access to healthy food for anyone who needs it, in an atmosphere free of judgment.

    Pantry Hours and Location

    Location: 1100 West Allen Street, near the intersection of Allen and Patterson St.

    Hours: Monday – Friday 12 noon-6pm.

    How the Pantry Works

    MHC’s Food Pantry operates on the honor system and the patron choice model. Patrons don’t need ID or proof of need.  All they have to do is sign in. We ask patrons to meet one of our guidelines while visiting the pantry. These guidelines are listed at the bottom of the page. The pantry is set up like a small grocery and patrons walk through and choose the items they need. MHC provides one bag per person in the household and an extra bag for produce. We stock a variety of foods including produce, bread, soy products, canned goods, oats, rice, yoghurt, dairy and more.

    Who Works at the Pantry

    The pantry is powered by a small staff and over 150 regular volunteers. MHC volunteers come from many backgrounds, and include pantry patrons, IU students, community members, food lovers and more.

    Where MHC Gets Food

    Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is the largest partner agency of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB), distributing over 1/3 of their food. MHC receives over 1 million pounds of food annually for a small shared maintenance charge, a tiny fraction of the retail cost of food. This important partnerships allows MHC to leverage $1 to obtain about 10 pounds of food. MHC receives additional food from private donors, and food drives. We also receive thousands of pounds of fresh locally grown produce through the Plant A Row for the Hungry program.

    Patron Guidelines

    To ensure our services are available to those who need them most, we do ask that patrons meet at least one of the following conditions:

    • You are unable to meet your basic living expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) and buy food this month.
    • You qualify to receive aid from federal or state agencies, such as AFDC, food stamps, WIC, etc.
    • You have an acute or chronic illness or have been in an accident that makes it difficult or impossible to work at the present time.
    • You have lost your job within the past month.
    • You are homeless.
    • You are 55 or older.
    • There is a pregnant or nursing mother in your household.
    • You are a single parent who does not receive child support or did not receive any this month.
    • Your income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. As of 2017 this translates to the following for a family of…

    (1) $24,120/year or $2,010/month
    (2) $32,480/year or $2,706/month
    (3) $40,840/year or $3,403/month
    (4) $49,200/year or $4,100/month
    (5) $57,560/year or $4,796/month
    (6) $65,920/year or $5,493/month
    (7) $74,280/year or $6,190/month
    (8) $82,640/year or $6,886/month
    *For each additional person add $8,360/year.

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